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August 24, 2015 1

Allegations That Israel Is Behind ISIS Emerge On Al Jazeera


Screen­shot of the arti­cle as it appeared on the Al Jazeera website

Con­spir­a­to­r­ial accu­sa­tions that Israel and the Jews secretly cre­ate ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions are not uncom­mon in the Arab world. How­ever, an arti­cle pub­lished by Al Jazeera on August 19, 2015, which claimed, “Israel is behind ISIS” is still shock­ing con­sid­er­ing the news outlet’s inter­na­tional reputation.

The arti­cle, which was pub­lished on and even­tu­ally removed from the Al Jazeera Ara­bic web­site, is based on reports by the British Daily Mail and other West­ern media out­lets about a ques­tion­able doc­u­ment found in one of the tribal areas of Pak­istan, which sug­gests the emer­gence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was a response to Israel.

Unlike the orig­i­nal report in the Eng­lish lan­guage media, Al Jazeera’s Arabic’s arti­cle mis­leads read­ers to believe that Israel had a role in the actual cre­ation of ISIS.

“A British News­pa­per reported that the Amer­i­can Media Insti­tute found a clas­si­fied doc­u­ment in one of the rural tribal areas in Pak­istan indi­cat­ing that Israel is behind the emer­gence of the Islamic State,”   accord­ing to the first para­graph of the report by Al Jazeera.

Soon after pub­lish­ing the report, sup­port­ers of ISIS on Twit­ter launched a cam­paign against Al Jazeera with an Ara­bic hash­tag “Sup­port­ers of the Islamic State expose Al Jazeera.” Sev­eral com­ments attacked Al Jazeera for mis­rep­re­sent­ing the orig­i­nal report and for con­nect­ing ISIS to Israel.

While there is no evi­dence that Al Jazeera removed the arti­cle because of crit­i­cism from ISIS sup­port­ers, the impli­ca­tion of pub­lish­ing such an arti­cle and then remov­ing it with­out address­ing the errors may rein­force its con­spir­a­to­r­ial narrative.

In the past, ADL expressed con­cern over the pro­mo­tion of con­spir­acy the­o­ries in some coun­tries in the Mus­lim world con­nect­ing Jews to the cre­ation and activ­ity of the ter­ror group ISIS.

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November 4, 2014 3

Islamic University Of Gaza Conference Promotes Anti-Semitism

A two-day inter­na­tional con­fer­ence at the Islamic Uni­ver­sity of Gaza titled “Future of the Zionist-Islamic con­flict in Pales­tine” included bla­tant expres­sions of anti-Semitism.islamic-university-gaza

While very few details about the con­fer­ence are avail­able, one of the pan­els, accord­ing to the University’s web­site, was called “The future of the Zionist-Muslim con­flict in light of ‘ThePro­to­cols of the Learned Elders of Zion.’”

An Al Jazeera report on the con­fer­ence, which con­cluded on Sun­day, quoted one of the par­tic­i­pants, Pro­fes­sor Riyadh Qas­sim, from the Islamic Uni­ver­sity in Gaza as say­ing that the defeat the Jews and the demise of the Zion­ist entity is a divine promise. Pro­fes­sor Qas­sim also report­edly listed 12 char­ac­ter­is­tics of “the Jew­ish per­son­al­ity” such as “absolute blas­phemy in faith, thirst for blood shed­ding, treach­ery, vio­lat­ing treaties, manip­u­la­tion, cor­rup­tion on earth, and racial supe­ri­or­ity.” Such qual­i­ties, accord­ing to Pro­fes­sor Qas­sim, will lead to the defeat of the Jews and a vic­tory for Muslims.

The University’s web­site also indi­cated that 23 research papers were sub­mit­ted to the con­fer­ence by schol­ars from around the world. The research papers report­edly prop­a­gated an Islamist per­spec­tive on the Palestinian-Israeli con­flict, to sup­port the pre­dic­tion of an Islamic vic­tory over the Jews.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, who spoke at the open­ing ses­sion of the con­fer­ence, expressed his pride in Moataz Hijazi, the Pales­tin­ian gun­man sus­pected of the failed tar­geted ter­ror­ist assas­si­na­tion attempt of a Jew­ish man in Jerusalem last week.

The Islamic Uni­ver­sity of Gaza was founded by Hamas and includes var­i­ous schools such as Med­i­cine, Engi­neer­ing and Islamic law. The Uni­ver­sity was tar­geted by Israel in August of 2014 because, accord­ing to a spokesper­son for the Israeli army, the Uni­ver­sity “was a Hamas Qas­sam rocket man­u­fac­tur­ing facil­ity, an out­post, a cen­ter for weapons research and devel­op­ment, and a Hamas stor­age facility.”

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May 13, 2014 Off

Al Jazeera Forum For Young Journalists Tainted By Anti-Semitic Article

Al Jazeera Talk, an Arabic-language web­site launched in 2006 to pro­vide young Arab jour­nal­ists with a vehi­cle to show­case their work, pub­lished the first in a series of arti­cles today by Iraqi jour­nal­ist, Taha Al-Ani, on the noto­ri­ous anti-Semitic forgery The Pro­to­cols of the Learned Elders of

In his arti­cle, Al-Ani says that he hopes his report on Al Jazeera Talk can “estab­lish an edu­ca­tional ground to our com­mu­ni­ties to real­ize the great Jew­ish threat…”

“…the learned elders of Zion,” Al-Ani writes, seek to “rule the world with tyranny and to spread cor­rup­tion and immoral­ity.” He also adds:

If threat is con­sid­ered, the Jews are the biggest threat, if hate is con­sid­ered, the Jews are the most hate­ful, if mal­ice is con­sid­ered, the Jews are the most mali­cious. If trick­ery and cun­ning are con­sid­ered, the Jews are the best of them! Con­sider whichever you wish to think about, and you will see that the Jews are the most dan­ger­ous nation.

Al Jazeera Talk in Ara­bic describes itself on its offi­cial Face­book page as a vehi­cle for the younger gen­er­a­tion of Arab jour­nal­ists to receive expo­sure. It also stresses that such expo­sure is achieved through “a global forum united by higher human­i­tar­ian val­ues to extend bridges of dialog.”

While the web­site seems to func­tion inde­pen­dently from the Al Jazeera Net­work, it does have its own terms of ser­vices that say, in part, “Any mate­r­ial includ­ing defama­tion, insult or accu­sa­tion to any per­son, reli­gion or race will be rejected.”

It is unfor­tu­nate that Al Jazeera Talk has allowed such anti-Semitism to taint its efforts to engage younger jour­nal­ists and audi­ences through this medium. The arti­cle is a dan­ger­ous reminder of how some jour­nal­ists in the Arab world con­tinue to pro­mote anti-Semitism to the younger generations.

Accord­ing to the Anti-Defamation League’s world­wide sur­vey of anti-Semitic atti­tudes, The ADL Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism, the high­est con­cen­tra­tion of respon­dents hold­ing anti-Semitic atti­tudes was found in Mid­dle East and North African coun­tries (“MENA”), where nearly three-quarters of respon­dents, 74 per­cent of those polled, agreed with a major­ity of the anti-Semitic stereo­types that com­prise the 11-question index.

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